How to Capture the Perfect Photo of Your Bulldog
You’ve spotted your Bulldog holding the perfect pose! Quickly, but quietly, you decide to tip-toe over to the cabinet and grab your camera hoping he doesn’t change position before you get back. Oops! He moved just as he heard the creaking of the chair you were sitting on.
Couldn’t even get off the chair before he jumped up to see what you were up to. Why are Bulldogs so against getting their photo taken? There must be some conspiracy – some cover-up at work! Then you’re reminded: “This is why I will never have any good photos of my Bulldog!”
Oh! Why can’t my Bulldog puppy stay still for just one lousy photo!
- Every Bulldog Owner Who Ever Lived
Preparation Goes a Long Way in Pet Photography
Capturing great photos of your Bulldog at random times may never be easy, but add some preparation, a few dog treats and basic understanding of photography and you’ll be snapping Rembrandts in no time.
What do I mean by preparation? Well, most of us don’t walk around with a camera dangling from our neck. If you want great, studio quality photos, you have get a few things in place. Decide beforehand your desired theme for the photo. Where and when will you take the photo? Are there any props or outfits necessary to shoot the photo you like?
If you haven’t begun already; re-visit those jaw droppingly beautiful Bulldog photos. You know, the ones that really caught your eye on facebook or pinterest. Study them. Ask yourself, “What makes these photos so dazzling?” Be honest with yourself: A person who lives in Ohio shouldn’t necessarily try to re-create the picture they saw of a Bulldog surfing the waves at Long Beach, California.
Follow These Simple Rules to Capture Great Photos of Your Bulldog
- Bring the camera down to eye level with your bully.
You wouldn’t take a photo of your mother from atop a ladder so don’t shoot looking down on your dog either. Snapping from eye level helps to create a personal connection between the subject and the viewer.
Focus on the eyes and get down on the ground to see the world as your bully does. This step may be the most important – It brings out the beauty and character of your Bulldog from a unique perspective.
- Remove unnecessary distractions while shooting.
Again, it’s the eye contact in a photo that we want and having 6 people in the room snapping their fingers and making noise isn’t going to help your Bulldog concentrate on the camera lens.
- Especially if it’s an outdoor shot, try and capture your bulldog in his natural setting.
Sneak away with your camera. Let him wander around a little. Catch him sniffing a flower or sunbathing. If he won’t stay still, try setting him up on a picnic table so he can’t run away so easily.
Often times the most stunning of portraits, with Bulldogs especially, will be captured at the moment your bully hears or sees something in the distance that calls their entire body to attention. The sudden sound of a beeping car or a neighbor hollering for their kid to hurry home for dinner will likely perk your bully’s head, ears, neck and shoulders right up. If you’re lucky enough to catch him in this pose, you’ll find his whole stance to be very majestic and commanding.
- Practice Taking Photos With Your Bulldog
This point sounds so obvious your first inclination is probably just to ignore it, but pay attention! Just as with trimming nails and taking walks on a leash, your Bulldog will be better with repetition.
Start when your puppy is young. Tell him to sit in place and reward him with a treat. After a while, only treat him when he’s sat for at least 15 seconds, then 30, then only after a 10 minute photo session. Always treat your bully for his patience and he’ll always pose for you. You can teach an older bully this trick too, but it takes a bit more practice.